School unveils Return to Learn plan

Jenson Construction of Fort Dodge began pouring concrete this week for the new High School parking lot. Humboldt Superintendent Jim Muurray said money has been added to provide wiring under the concrete for the purposive installing security cameras, which were not part of the original construction bid. Drone photo courtesy of Dr. Kirk Whittlesey.

By Phil Monson
With some minor changes, the Return To Learn plan of the Humboldt Community School District was unveiled in last week’s regular monthly meeting.
New school superintendent Jim Murray provided an in-depth outline on the options the district will use depending on the dynamics of the continuing coronavirus pandemic gripping the state and country.
“We don’t have all the answers yet but we are working diligently for the safe return of our students and our staff. For a few weeks now we have had sub-committee staff working on instruction, building, technology and mitigation strategies,” Murray said.
“Again, we won’t have all the answers but we are basing this on all the recommendations from the Iowa Department of Public Health, Humboldt County Department of Public Health, American Academy of Pediatrics, The Iowa Department of Education, Governor Reynolds and surrounding school districts,” Murray said.
“We have a good source of information so far but we are waiting for guidance in some areas. At least once a week I talk with area superintendents from Clarion, Pocahontas, Algona, Fort Dodge and other school districts so we are sharing and communicating ideas and plans,” Murray said. A survey of 7-12 students, parents and staff was also conducted.
Read more about what to expect when school starts on Aug. 26 in this week's Humboldt Independent.

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